Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Remember, serious journalism should be done by professionals


Steve Schultze wrote a blog post about Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele mentioning Patrick Farley in his speech.

In a passage on his efforts to draft top talent to the county, Abele said: “Pat, I especially appreciate your fearlessness in ensuring the integrity of the county government.”

The line got a smattering of applause from an audience at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Farley secretly videotaped Supervisor Johnny L. Thomas Jr. accepting an envelope with $500 in cash on Dec. 6 at a Dunkin’ Donuts shop near the courthouse. Thomas faces two felony charges, for bribery and misconduct in office.

Schultze forgets to mention that Farley was working with prosecutors at the time to make the recording. But that important detail would have interfered with the punchline.

Supervisor Patricia Jursik said after the Farley sting was made public she sees him in a different light.

“Every time I get together with Pat Farley, guess what I’m wondering,” she said.

Of course, if Supervisor Jursik had nothing to hide, she wouldn’t have to worry about whether she’s being recorded, right?

By the way, here is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s first “professional” headline for the article:

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